- NAME: Belva Lockwood
- OCCUPATION: Women's Rights Activist, Lawyer, Political Leader
- BIRTH DATE: October 24, 1830
- DEATH DATE: May 19, 1917
- EDUCATION: Genessee College, National University Law School, George Washington University Law School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Royalton, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Washington, D.C.
- Maiden Name: Belva Ann Bennett
- Full Name: Belva Ann Lockwood
- AKA: Belva Bennett
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Activist and lawyer Belva Lockwood was the first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Among her roles, she served as a delegate to several peace conferences in Europe in the 1880s and '90s. In one of her most famous cases, she appeared in front of the Supreme Court on behalf of the native Cherokee Indians in a case centering on debt owed to the Cherokees by the U.S. government. In 1906, Lockwood won a $5 million award for the Cherokee people.
Throughout her decades-long career, Belva Lockwood fought hard for social change. She died on May 19, 1917, at the age of 86, in Washington,
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